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#1 Offline LiL_Buddy - Posted May 27 2019 - 5:49 AM

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I have a Lasius aphidicola queen and some Lasius americanus workers and brood. What exactly should I be feeding them and how often should I do it?

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#2 Offline Acutus - Posted May 27 2019 - 6:21 AM

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I'm not sure about Lasius but seems most need fresh killed insects and some type of sugar. I use mealworms, beetle grubs, crickets and pretty much any other insects. your small colony isn't going to need a whole lot and you don't want to over do it. For sugar I use honey. You have to be careful though no big globs or your ants will get stuck and drown. A little goes a long way. :D


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva


#3 Offline LiL_Buddy - Posted May 27 2019 - 6:55 AM

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I'm not sure about Lasius but seems most need fresh killed insects and some type of sugar. I use mealworms, beetle grubs, crickets and pretty much any other insects. your small colony isn't going to need a whole lot and you don't want to over do it. For sugar I use honey. You have to be careful though no big globs or your ants will get stuck and drown. A little goes a long way. :D

Okay thanks! How often should I feed them?



#4 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 27 2019 - 7:23 AM

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That depends on the size of the workers and colony, and what kind of brood they have, if any.


Edited by NickAnter, May 27 2019 - 7:24 AM.

Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

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                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(2 tubes  with five in one and two in the other.  )

---Monomorium cf. minimum(1 queen) Pheidole navigans(9 separate queens) Hypoponera sp. (1 queen)  Nylanderia vividula(1)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 27 2019 - 7:35 AM

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Read the Ant Keeping Guide For Beginners in this subforum. There are also Lasius caresheets on here. Old AntsCanada tutorials are helpful, too.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#6 Offline Barristan - Posted May 27 2019 - 12:08 PM

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Small flies are the preferred food I give all of my small colonies.



#7 Offline Acutus - Posted May 27 2019 - 8:24 PM

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Hey where'd you find the Lasius americana?


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva





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